to solve the fiscal cliff budget stalemate. he told reporters last night, he's a hopeless optimistic that a deal can be reached before january 1st. if not, we heard this, massive tax hikes, spending cuts will kick in automatically. the president and congress are due back in washington tomorrow. >>> and it is back to the mall today for millions of americans. today is expected to be the fifth-busiest shopping day of the year. but it's been a disappointing season so far for retailers, who are reporting the weakest sales growth since 2008. but the week between christmas and new year's can account for as much as 15% of holiday sales. >>> and more good news for hollywood, which is wrapping up a record year at the box office. "les mis" starring anne hathaway, hugh jackman, and russell crowe, had a strong opening. taking in a better-than-expected $17 million. ticket sales are up about 6% compared to last year. can't wait to see that one. >>> finally, if your christmas dessert just wasn't enough, well look what just rolled in. this, my friends, is the creation of a belgian chocolate company.